Music training for people with stroke

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (KITE) - University Health Network, Mobility

Stroke frequently affects one’s ability to walk, impacting independence and quality of life. One technique that is used to improve walking in individuals post stroke is rhythmic auditory stimulation. This involves walking to rhythmic cues delivered through a metronome or music. Previous studies have shown that response to rhythmic auditory stimulation may be related rhythm perception. The purpose of this study is to determine if a music training program can improve people’s rhythm abilities after a stroke, and to look at the effect music training has on how well people respond to auditory rhythmic cues while walking.

Your Impact

Your participation in this study will help us better understand the feasibility of a music training program to improve rhythmic perception and response to rhythmic auditory stimulation for people with chronic stroke. Accordingly, information learned from this study may help people with stroke in the future.

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

All Ages

More than 6 months post stroke

Normal hearing or corrected hearing

Ability to walk 10m without physical assistance but with a gait aid if necessary

Study Tasks

Assessment of clinical presentation
Walking with painless sensors on legs (EMG)
Listening to music and tapping to beat
Listening to music sequences with a cap on your head (EEG) which is considered painless and noninvasive
Music exercises lead by a trained music therapist


This study has been approved by...



Activity and Time

Health and Wellness

Clinical Trial


1 hour(s) - 2 hour(s) per session

13 session(s)

Physical and music assessments will last 1.5-2 hours in duration and take part at the start and end of the intervention (5 total). The interventions are 1 hour 2x/week (8 total). There is a total of 13 sessions over 14 weeks.


Fees associated with you getting a copy of your brain scans to give us.


Travel reimbursement up to $30/visit.

Study Address

550 University Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 2A2

Posting date: Oct 31, 2019